We had four nights here with our three children (ages 4, 6 and 8) after 6 nights on Upolo. We had a hire vehicle so drove ourselves to Savaii Lagoon from the ferry terminal, which took about an hour. There is a huge concrete market around the corner from the ferry terminal (to the left as you come off the ferry) in Saleloga which closes around 4 o'clock. We bought fresh pineapples, bananas, cucumbers etc for very cheap. Very friendly lovely people. (We couldn't buy fresh veg or fruit anywhere else so stock up here.)
We had a beachfront bungalow at Savaii Lagoon Resort which was fantastic. We'd just spent 4 nights in fales on the beach at Lalomanu, so it was nice to have proper beds and big fluffy towels - plus a hot shower and our own toilet. The hosts, Christophe and Patricia, were lovely and have established a little restaurant there where they use the freshest local ingredients.
The kids had their own beds with fresh clean bedding, and we had a queen size bed in the next room. There was a large fan on the ceiling and a TV with a DVD player and movies available to hire. We also had an electric frypan, fridge, toaster, and tea and coffee making facilities. We were able to get a load of washing done for $20 tala which was delivered to us the next day clean, dried and folded. There were a pile of magazines and Reader's Digests available to read from the office free of charge.
Breakfast was included in the price of the room and was served in the restaurant. It consisted of a platter of fresh bananas, pawpaw and coconut. We also had cornflakes, fresh toast and jam. More then adequate for us. We took our own peanut butter, marmite and weetbix for the kids. We were also given the option of a hot cooked breakfast at extra cost. We had one meal here the night we arrived which was delicious. Freshly cooked fish for us and fresh creamy pasta for the kids. There was a night watchman who was on duty from 9 at night until 6 in the morning which was reassuring.
The lagoon was great for snorkelling with lots of fish and coral. The water was warm and clear and the sand white. We could stroll next door to La Legoto Resort for cocktails and dinner, and for a small fee the kids could swim in the pool.
We found a brilliant cocktail bar called "Raci's Beach Club" around the other side of the bay in Manase which we drove to. It would be about a 30 minute walk, or you can hire bikes. It's owned by a Swiss couple who make the BEST cocktails. We'd been told about the Pina Colada's which were delicious, but my pick were the Margaritas. Happy Hour was between 5 and 6.30 so we made the most of it. The kids had strawberry dacquiri "mocktails" and played happily on the beach out the front of the bar.
Another gem was "Sekia Pizza", just next door to Savaii Resort. It's a little fale run by an Austrian who makes fantastic pizza's. Great value. We bought fresh bread and noodles from the shop for our lunches.
We cooked dinner ourselves one night as we'd taken some supplies and hadn't realised the restaurant at Savaii Resort was up and running. We also met people who had dinner at "Stevensons" Resort in Manase which they said was great. There were certainly plenty of options for dining out.
Swimming with the turtles is a 5 minute drive down the road which is well worth doing. The turtles were in a lagoon, in a small village, which was blocked off so they couldn't escape, but it was a large area they swam in. My husband and two of the kids got in and swam with the turtles which was amazing. Beautiful gentle creatures. We paid a small fee to the villagers for the privilege.
It was at Savaii we felt the earthquake and were able to get straight into our car and drive up the hill where a lot of villagers and tourists congregated at the school. When it was safe to come down we spent our last day sitting on the beach, unaware of the complete devastation down south. There were a few surges in the bay but nothing major. Sadly we discovered the glorious beach at Lalomanu had been hit by the tsunami, and that the fales in which we stayed at Litia Sini had been completely destroyed.
We had brilliant weather for our entire 10 day stay in Samoa and went through heaps of sunblock. We'll be back for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique resort situated on a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by a lagoon with sparkling clear warm waters, safe for snorkeling and swimming. Bungalows are self contained with some cooking facilities, catering for families, singles or couples. All have outdoor showers enclosed within the bungalow to enable you to have a shower under the stars. Restaurant is on the beach also for those pina coladas or cold beers while you watch the magical sunsets for which this area is renowned.resort has a glass bottom boat and fishing charters with fishing gear provided operating from the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savaii Lagoon Hotel Savai`i
- Savaii Lagoon Savai i
- Savaii Lagoon Resort Samoa